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What would you like for Christmas? A new polarity?

greygirlbeast says it's the Season of Jethro Tull. I could not more agree.

Using iTunes' sort feature:

Days of the week:

Sunday, David Bowie
Sunday (Moby Mix), David Bowie
Month of Sundays,  Don Henley
Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Handsome Family
My Sunday Feeling,  Jethro Tull
Sunday Morning Coming Down, Johnny  Cash
I Met Him On a Sunday,  Laura Nyro
Come Sunday Morning,  Leah Andreone 
Sunday Bloody Sunday,  U2
Sunday Bloody Sunday (live), U2

Manic Monday,   Bangles
Monday Morning,   Fleetwood Mac
Monday Morning,   Fleetwood Mac  (longer version)
Stormy Monday Blues,  Jethro Tull 
Come Monday,   Jimmy Buffett
Come Monday,   Jimmy Buffett  (one version is a slightly different mix)
Monday, Monday,   The Mamas and the Papas
Monday Morning Blues,  Mississippi John Hurt
Blue Monday,   Orgy
(They Call It) Stormy Monday, (No idea who this is, but it's a trad blues version)

Sun Comes Up - It's Tuesday Morning, Cowboy Junkies
Love You Till Tuesday,  David Bowie
Ruby Tuesday,    Marianne Faithfull
Tuesday Afternoon,   The Moody Blues
Tuesday Morning,    The Pogues
Ruby Tuesday,    The Rolling Stones

(no Wednesdays. Poor Wednesday.)

Thursday's Child,    David Bowie  (David needs to find some different song titles.)
(Thursday) Here's Why I Did Not Go To Work Today, Harry Nilsson

Friday I'm In Love,   The Cure
Friday at the Circle K,   The Nields
Don't Know About You / The Friday Card School,    Rock Salt and Nails
Black Friday,    Steely Dan

It's Going on Saturday,   Aztec Two-Step
Another Saturday Night,   Cat Stevens
Saturday in the Park,   Chicago 
10:15 Saturday Night,   The Cure
Drive-In Saturday,   David Bowie  (okay, let's not always see the same hands)
Drive-In Saturday,   David Bowie (slightly different mix)
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Elton John
Saturday Morning,   Harry Chapin
Livingston Saturday Night,   Jimmy Buffett
Saturday Night Fish Fry,   Louis Jordan & The Tympany
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, The Who

Months of the Year:

January Floor,   John Gorka
Black-Dove (January),  Tori Amos

February,   Dar Williams

March the Mad Scientist,  Jethro Tull

April Fools,   Rufus Wainwright

5 Days in May,   Blue Rodeo
5 Days in May,   Blue Rodeo (completely different version)
Month of May,   Janis Ian
Mayfly,    Jeffrey Foucault

Living Under June,  Jann Arden (yes, it's cheating.)

4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), Bruce Springsteen
Fourth of July (live),  Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men
Fourth Of July,   Galaxie 500
On The 4th Of July,  James Taylor

Stuck in the August Rain,  Jethro Tull

September in the Rain,  The Beatles
September Gurls,    Big Star
September Grass,   James Taylor
The Late September Dogs,  Melissa Etheridge

Hymn to Red October,  Basil Poledouris
Secret October,   Duran Duran
October Road,   James Taylor

A Long December,  Counting Crows
December Is For Cynics,  The Matches
Get Me Through December, Natalie MacMaster
Forget December,   Something Corporate


What a Year for a New Year, Dan Wilson
A New Day Yesterday,  Jethro Tull
What Are You Doing New Years Eve?, Lena Horne
New Year's Resolutions,  Scary Gary Alan
Happy New Year,   Spike Jones
New Year's Day,   U2

In The Times Of India (Bombay Valentine), Ian Anderson
Blue Valentine,   Tom Waits
Valentine,   Ol' 97s

Easter,    The Patti Smith Group

Beltane,    Jethro Tull

Independence Day,  Ferron

Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana), Jimmy Buffett

Remembrance Day,  Big Country

Hanukkah Blessings,  Barenaked Ladies
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,  Barenaked Ladies
Hanukkah Rocks,   Gefilte Joe and the Fish
(I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica,  Tom Lehrer

Ring Out Solstice Bells,  Jethro Tull

Christmas At Ground Zero,  "Weird" Al Yankovic
So This Is Christmas,  Acceptance
Merry Christmas Polka,  The Andrews Sisters
Christmas Island,   The Andrews Sisters
Green Christmas,   Barenaked Ladies
Do They Know It's Christmas?, Barenaked Ladies
Christmastime (Oh Yeah),  Barenaked Ladies
Christmas Pics,   Barenaked Ladies
Wonderful Christmastime, Barenaked Ladies
Christmas Time (Is Here Again),  The Beatles
Bizarre Christmas Incident,  Ben Folds
At the Christmas Ball,  Bessie Smith
I Won't Be Home For Christmas, Blink-182
The Twelve Pains Of Christmas, Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
Blue Christmas,   Bright Eyes
Welcome Christmas,  How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Merry F#%$In' Christmas (Studio), Denis Leary
Blue Christmas,   Elvis Presley
White Christmas,   Elvis Presley
I'll Be Home For Christmas, Elvis Presley
I Believe in Father Christmas, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Feed The World (Do They Know It's Christmas), Far Featuring Chino Moreno
Christmastime is Here,  Gatsby's American Dream
Remember (Christmas),  Harry Nilsson
Gridlock Christmas,  The Hollytones
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, James Taylor
Blue Christmas,   Jerry Vale
A Christmas Song,  Jethro Tull
Another Christmas Song,  Jethro Tull
Birthday Card At Christmas, Jethro Tull
Christmas In The Caribbean, Jimmy Buffett
Christmas Island,   Jimmy Buffett
A Sailor's Christmas,  Jimmy Buffett
Happy Christmas (War Is Over), Jimmy Buffett
I'll Be Home For Christmas, Jimmy Buffett
Merry Christmas, Alabama [Never Far From Home], Jimmy Buffett
White Christmas,   Johnny Mathis 
Christmas In Hollis,  K.
Father Christmas,   The Kinks
Don't Give Me No Goose For Christmas, The Korn Kobblers
Christmas in Las Vegas,  Los Straitjackets
I Want You For Christmas,  Mae Questel
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Margaret Whiting
I'll Be Home for Christmas,  Matchbook Romance
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),  Mel Torme
Christmas Night Of Zombies,  MxPx
(Let's Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas, Mystery Science Theater 3000
Merry Christmas...If That's Okay,  Mystery Science Theater 3000
How The Grinch Stole Christmas,  Boris Karloff
Thank God It's Christmas,   Queen
Mookie's Last Christmas,   Saosin
All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth),  Spike Jones
A Christmas Carol,   Tom Lehrer
A Christmas Carol,   Tom Lehrer  (longer version)
Christmas In The Ashram,   Tom Prasada-Rao
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis, Tom Waits
Christmas Sucks,    not Tom Waits nor Peter Murphy
The Atheist Christmas Carol,  Vienna Teng
I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas,  Yogi Yorgesson
We need a little Christmas,   (some cartoon thing)

Well, I guess we know which holiday is blown all the hell out of proportion, don't we now?



Actually I would like a new polarity for Christmas. If you could manage that, that'd be great. A magnetic monopole would be super, but really any new polarity would do.

It's not that Ian Anderson reads my mind. It's that I had A Misspent Youth that was largely (mis)spent with Jethro Tull songs.

THEIR Christmas songs make me happy.

And my holiday season playlist (playfully titled "Putting the X back into Xmas) just segued from :Wumpscut "Die in Winter" to the Elvis version of "Winter Wonderland" and then The Blackmore's Rainbow hard-rock version of "Greensleeves."

I need to throw a holiday party....
Some of their Christmas songs make me wistful, not happy. But that's okay. I don't mind being wistful sometimes.
That was more of an intellectual than emotional happiness, but yes.

"First Snow on Brooklyn" is v. high on my list currently, Both for happiness and wistfullness.
the only too xmess songs i can stand are "River" Joni Mitchell, and "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by i dont know who.. Nat King Cole?

heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Historical Note: This hymn was writ­ten dur­ing the Amer­i­can civil war, as re­flect­ed by the sense of des­pair in the next to last stan­za. Stan­zas 4-5 speak of the bat­tle, and are usual­ly omit­ted from hymn­als:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound the carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn, the households born
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Holy crap. It's by Longfellow..

More Holy crap, the version i remember was by eddy arnold...

Thank god for google..

Google is the closest approximation I have to what it would be like to have a steel-trap memory.
i got a steel trap memory.. rusted shut, inhumane, and illegal in seven states.. and prone to snap off fingers..
The Blackmore's Rainbow hard-rock version of "Greensleeves."

*perks up and adds to list to hunt down*

And I didn't know until ten seconds ago that No Doubt's "Oi to the World" was a cover. So many tracks, so little time...
You left out Tull's Solstice Bells.

What do you call this?

>Ring Out Solstice Bells, Jethro Tull
What, no Ramones: Merry Christmas (I don't want to fight tonight)?

Another good one (by the fellow whose Mandlebrot Set song is making rounds) and which goes very well with Christmas At Ground Zero:

And thank you for the timely reminder to fill in the holes in my Yule-music collection before throwing a holiday housewarming party...
Don't own that one. All the Christmas stuff is more or less incidental. I don't go out of my way to find it.